The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Board Documents - November 2017

Regular Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
DESE, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Comments from the Chair
Comments from the Commissioner
Comments from the Secretary
Statements from the Public*


Meeting Minutes Download Word Document

Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the October 23, 2017 Special Meeting and the October 24, 2017 Regular Meeting

Agenda Items:

  1. Sydney Chaffee, Massachusetts and National Teacher of the Year - Presentation

  2. Update on Commissioner Search - Discussion

  3. Lawrence Public Schools: Update from Receiver Jeff Riley; Acting Commissioner's Plan - Discussion

  4. Board of Elementary and Secondary Education FY2019 Budget Proposal and Report from the Board's Budget Committee - Discussion and Vote

  5. Proposed Amendments to Regulations on MCAS and Competency Determination, 603 CMR 30.00, for Classes of 2021 and 2022 - Discussion and Vote to Solicit Public Comment

  6. Proposed Amendments to Special Education Regulations, 603 CMR 28.10, to Align with ESSA Foster Care Provisions - Discussion and Vote to Solicit Public Comment

  7. Virtual Schools: Funding and Other Policy Issues Download Word Document - Discussion

  8. Curriculum Frameworks - Discussion
    1. History and Social Science Framework Revision Process - Overview and Next Steps
    2. Report on Implementation of English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and Technology/Engineering Frameworks; Plan for Review of Arts Framework and Comprehensive Health Framework

Other Items for Information:

  1. Report on School Climate Survey Pilot

  2. Report on Grants Approved by the Commissioner Download Word Document

Board Members

Jeff Wulfson, Acting Commissioner
Secretary to the Board

* The Board welcomes public comment on matters within its purview. Accordingly, the Board makes available a maximum 30-minute period at its regular meetings for persons in the audience to address the Board for no longer than 3 minutes. Written material of any length may be submitted. Preference will be given to persons who seek to address the Board on specific agenda items for the upcoming Board meeting. Agendas for upcoming Board meetings are generally posted 5 days prior to the meeting on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's website. Persons wishing to speak are strongly encouraged to submit their request before the day of the meeting; contact information is provided below. Preference will be given to those who submit requests by 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the regular Tuesday meeting. If time permits, the chairman will allow members of the public who have not contacted the Department in advance to speak in the public comment period; those individuals must sign in prior to the start of the meeting. The chairman may limit the number of speakers due to time constraints and may increase or reduce the time allocated per speaker. While there is no requirement to submit written testimony, a speaker who elects to do so should submit 15 copies of the testimony prior to or at the meeting for distribution to Board members. Requests to address the Board, written testimony, and other inquiries may be transmitted by mail, e-mail, fax, or telephone to: Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148, Phone: 781-338-3112, Fax: 781-338-3770, E-mail: